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in discussing the recent super storm sandy. it's devastation has greatly impacted my district and other districts. in examination of the reliability in the wake of sandy is a portrait mike democratic colleagues sent a letter requesting a hearing following the storm. it seems communication services failed to perform as needed during and after the storm. power outages and bloods disrupted many types of communications, including wireless, tv, phone and internet. the storm knocked out a quarter of the cell towers in an area spreading across 10 states, leaving millions of cell phone users unable to make calls. i have three questions i wanted to ask chairman genachowski. what are you doing to ensure the reliability of the communication networks during and after national -- natural disasters? what steps are under way to identify best practices necessary to address the vulnerabilities in our communications infrastructure? >> let me try to cover a little ground. the devastation in new jersey was a tremendous beijing was tremendous -- was tremendous. our 24/7 operation center played in this disas
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